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Please allow campaigns to pick up roadside signs, commissioner says

Campaign signs at Hendersonville High School polling place. Campaign signs at Hendersonville High School polling place.

Henderson County Environmental Programs and Parks and Recreation are partnering to provide campaign sign recycling dropoff in the Jackson Park House parking lot through Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Henderson County Commissioner Daniel Andreotta, who won election to a four-year term on Tuesday, urged people to allow campaigns to pick up their own signs, as they're allowed to do, in the 10 days after the election. Henderson County also asked people to pull and recycle signs only if they have permission to collect them.

"The signs and the metal stakes are the property of the campaign," he said. His concern, he said, was that the county's announcement, sent out in a news release last week, would give people the idea that they can immediately pull signs they're tired of looking at.

"There's maybe a window for that to be accidentally communicated inaccurately," he said. "People are sick of seeing them. I get all that and I don't even disagree with it. Give them time to either comply with the law or violate it and then report them."

Asked how much he had spent on campaign signs, Andreotta said, "They're just south of $4 and I bought 500," or a campaign expenditure of $2,000.

At Jackson Park, the county will have one dumpster for campaign signs and another for metal stakes. All metal stakes are accepted but please only drop off corrugated plastic signs. Candidates may pick up their signs at any time.  For more information, contact Henderson County Environmental Programs at (828) 694-6524.